Raise Awareness for Asthma at Your School

(May 1, 2013)

In the United States alone, an average of one out of every 10 school-aged children have asthma, which is one of the most common serious chronic diseases of childhood. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of hospital emergency department visits and school absenteeism. In response to these alarming statistics, and in an effort to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by almost 25 million Americans living with asthma your organization can join the American Lung Association in Illinois to participate in Asthma Awareness Month this May.

Here are some ideas for how your school can help raise asthma awareness during the month of May:

Student Activities

  • CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES - Encourage teachers to incorporate asthma and the environment into appropriate lesson plans. See the classroom toolkit for ideas.
  • TRIVIA - Have asthma trivia questions during the month for a fun way for students learn about asthma and win prizes. Find asthma facts to use for trivia.
  • CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION -Run asthma education, videos and public service announcements on closed circuit television in patient waiting rooms. Here are two ideas from EPA: www.epapsa.com and  www.noattacks.org 
  • SCHOOL EVENT - Arrange a school-wide assembly with guest speakers, such as kids and athletes with asthma, local celebrities, doctors or elected officials.

Parent Activities

  • NEWSLETTER - Place an article in a newsletter to educate parents about asthma, environmental triggers and ways to manage asthma.
  • PACKETS to PARENTS - Include asthma awareness information in packets sent home to parents/ guardians. http://to.pbs.org/10ZFtfP  and http://bit.ly/PjUGkv

Staff and Faculty Activities

  • EDUCATIONAL OFFERING – Host an Asthma 101 for your staff to learn about asthma. A representative from the American Lung Association in Texas can provide or help organize a presentation. Please contact Felicia Fuller at Felicia.Fuller@LungIL.org.
  • Conduct a walkthrough of your school to determine if asthma triggers exist. If triggers are found, develop and implement a remediation plan as soon as possible. http://bit.ly/16mni5j

The Enhancing Asthma Care Project is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, through their Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative, and lead by the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This joint initiative aims to work with 15 clinics that serve high-risk populations to improve pediatric asthma care to an estimated 30,000 children.